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Solar Road in the Netherlands – Quiet Corner

Hell yeah, solar roads!

FIONA MACDONALD

11 MAY 2015
The Netherlands made headlines last year when it built the world’s first solar road – an energy-harvesting bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels.

Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than expected, with the 70-metre test bike path generating 3,000 kWh, or enough electricity to power a small household for a year.
“If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70kwh per square metre per year,” Sten de Wit, spokesman for SolaRoad, the group behind the project, told Tarek Bazley at Al Jazeera. So just imagine the potential if we covered all our roads in the stuff.
It’s this kind of thinking that got the Internet so hyped-up over Solar Roadways last year – a crowd-funded project that aimed to power the entire US with solar-covered roads. However, the Netherlands became the first country to put the idea into practice with their installation in Krommenie, a town north of Amsterdam.

Credits

http://www.quiet-corner.com/interesting-things/solar-road-netherlands/

The potential is pretty huge.

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